Britain and Ireland: Union, Conflict, and Independence, 1798-1949 (HIH2024A)
|Staff||Dr Gemma Clark - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module begins with the 1798 insurrection and subsequent reinforcement of British rule in Ireland through the 1800 Act of Union. It examines nationalist movements – including Fenianism, Home Rule and Irish republicanism – that resisted British control of Ireland, in the more than a century that followed. A key aim of the module is thus to develop knowledge and understanding of Anglo-Irish relations during 1798–1949 and the political, legal and violent processes through which, by the Ireland Act of 1949, the south of Ireland achieved full independence from Britain, whilst the partitioned North remained in the UK. The module also aims to develop understanding of Ireland’s (predominantly rural and Catholic) society and culture during this period and, in doing so, to engage you with important topics such as religion, land rights, gender relations, identity and violence.
Through secondary reading, primary-source analysis and other learning activities, the module will also foster transferable skills in research, analysis, and written and oral communication. The module encourages, further, the development of discipline-specific skills, including sensitivity to historical controversy and awareness of the sectarian and ideological agendas that can beset the study of recent and ongoing conflicts.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Have a detailed knowledge of the main themes in the subject, together with a very close knowledge of the areas selected for essay and presentation work.
- 2. Trace the changing nature of, and approaches to, Anglo-Irish relations, and Irish politics and society, during 17981949.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse the key developments in Irish nationalism and British governance of Ireland, and Irish society and culture.
- 4. Handle profoundly different approaches to history in a contested area that has strong contemporary resonances and ongoing (and sometimes violent) political/constitutional legacies.
- 5. Understand and deploy complex political and constitutional terminology in a comprehensible manner.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Independently study and also work within a group, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Present arguments orally, and to work in a group.
Lecture topics may include:
The Act of Union and resisting the Union: Catholics, Emancipation and Repeal
Land questions: Ireland before the Famine
The Great Irish Famine: Demographic, political, transnational impacts
Irish diaspora: Great Britain, America and Australia
The roots of Home Rule and the Irish Question in British parliamentary politics
Parnellism and land agitation since the Famine
Southern Unionism and the Ulster Question
The Irish Parliamentary Party and the end of the Union, 1891–1914
Radical politics in the early twentieth century
1910–16: Third Home Rule Bill, World War I and Rising
Revolution and Civil War, 1916–23
Establishing the new states
The Free State, Eire and the road to a republic
Northern Ireland and the roots of the Troubles
Seminar topics may include:
Religion and power in Ireland
Ulster and Unionism
The Fenian tradition and early nationalism
Popular faith and culture in Ireland
Land rights and economic lives
Constitutionalism and physical force: Competing methods of resistance?
Separatism and the new politics of twentieth-century Ireland
Militarism, global war and commemoration
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lecture (22 x1hr)|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Seminars (11 x2hr)|
|Guided independent study||22||Web-based activities located on ELE preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Guided independent study||234||Reading and preparation for seminars and presentations|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay Plan||500 words||1-7||Verbal and Written|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Essay||30||3,000 words||1-6||Verbal and Written|
|Group Presentation||20||25 minutes||1-7||Peer-assessed and moderated by tutor|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Essay||3,000 words essay||1-6||Referral/Deferral period|
|Group Presentation||Script as for individual presentation, equivalent to 10 minutes||1-7||Referral/Deferral period|
|Exam||2 hours||1-7||Referral/Deferral period|
The re-assessment consists of a 3,000 word essay and 2-hour exam, as in the original assessment, but replaces participation in the group presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 10 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Sean J. Connolly, The Oxford companion to Irish history (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) – available as ebook
R.F. Foster, Modern Ireland, 1600–1972 (London: Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1988)
Alvin Jackson, Ireland, 1798–1998: War, peace and beyond (2nd ed., Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010) – available as ebook
Alvin Jackson, Two Unions: Ireland, Scotland, and the survival of the United Kingdom, 1707–2007 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011) – available as ebook
W.E. Vaughan, A new history of Ireland, vol. V: Ireland under the Union, I: 1801–1870 and vol. VI: Ireland under the Union, II: 1870–1921 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 and 2010) – available as ebooks
ELE– College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages containing more specialist secondary readings and primary sources related to each given topic. E.g., for a possible seminar on Land and Famine:
Cormac Ó Gráda, Black ’47 and beyond: The Great Irish Famine in history, economy and memory (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999): ‘The potato’, p. 13–24; ‘Did England sleep?’, p. 77–83
RTE, Radio documentary[http://www.rte.ie/radio1/blighted-nation/]: ‘Blighted Nation’, Episode 2: ‘Did the British cause the Famine?’
David Nally, Chapter 5, ‘The colonial dimensions of the Great Irish Famine’, in John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy (eds.), Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, 1845–52 (Cork: Cork University Press, 2012)
John Hughes, ‘A Lecture on the Antecedent Causes of the Irish Famine in 1847’ (New York, 1847) – available online
John Mitchel, Jail Journal, or, five years in British prisons… (1854): Chapter V – available online via Archives.org
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Web based and electronic resources
Historic parliamentary debates from Ireland [http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/1921/12/19/00003.asp] and UK [www.parliament.uk]
History Hub [podcasts from UCD School of History and Archives at www.historyhub.ie]
National Archives of Ireland, Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers [http://www.csorp.nationalarchives.ie/]
Databases accessed through Library:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of Irish Biography
The Historical Guardian and Observer
The Historical Irish Times
The Times Digital Archive
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive
C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Other resources: A full list to be provided on ELE
Available as distance learning?
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Key words search
Modern history; Ireland; Britain; Union; nationalism; politics; governance; society; violence